Various charity organisations and NGOs across South Africa are set to benefit from RE Cares, an annual global community programme spearheaded by leading content and technology solutions provider, LexisNexis South Africa, through its global parent company, the RELX Group. This is the first year that LexisNexis is also joined by its Korbitec division which it acquired in November 2015.
The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) adds it voice to the calls for an investigation into the fitness of the Board members of the SABC to hold office in the public interest. ‘We believe that the arrogant and irrational actions by the SABC Board in appointing Hlaudi Motsoeneng to another position within the SABC, disregard the remedial action recommended by the Public Protector.
The Council of the Cape Law Society (“CLS”) unanimously resolved at it's Council meeting on Sunday, 25 September 2016 to utilise its resources as well as establish a team of mediators from amongst its members in the three provinces that fall under its jurisdiction, namely the Northern, Western and Eastern Provinces, with a view to offering mediation services to all concerned parties, in particular the universities, student formations and relevant government departments, in the 2017 education dispute in an effort to resolve the current impasse.
Congratulations to the first winner of the Olympus Audio S.A Giveaway – Margaret Bigby from Durban.
The legal representatives of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund have studied the judgment handed down by the Honourable Mr Acting Justice Adams in the North Gauteng High Court on 14 September 2016, and have advised that there are sound grounds for an appeal.
Legal education and research in neighbouring Zimbabwe have been enhanced through a significant donation of books to the University of Zimbabwe, which is highly respected for producing most of that country’s judges, administrative tribunals, academics, and public and private sector lawyers.
Webber Wentzel is proud to have received awards in the following categories at the African Legal Awards 2016, which were held in Johannesburg on Friday 9 September, 2016.
• Mergers & Acquisitions Team of the Year;
• Technology, Media and Telecommunications Team of the Year;
• Diversity Initiative of the Year; and
• Odette Geldenhuys, a member of our Pro Bono team, won the Attorney of the Year Award.
LexisNexis South Africa, a leading provider of content and technology solutions for the legal and professional markets, has continued its drive to make the practice of law more efficient and mobile, by introducing a Wi-Fi hotspot at Kimberley’s Northern Cape Division of the High Court of South Africa.
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group today announced that from 1 September 2016 it will operate across Africa under one brand name: Bowmans.
Chairman and Senior Partner, Rob Legh, says, “This is a natural step forward for us. For some time, we have seen an increasing level of corporate and public sector activity across the continent. The model we chose to address this has involved establishing offices in key jurisdictions and working in a fully integrated way to deliver a one-stop service to our clients. However, while our offices are integrated, our brand has not reflected this until now.”
As has become tradition over the past few years, members of the public will be able to have a basic will drafted by an attorney free of charge during National Wills Week from 12 to 16 September 2016. Attorneys’ firms throughout the country are participating in the National Wills Week project.
The provision of banking and financial services in South Africa is a highly regulated activity and the revolutionary Fintech (financial technology) is posing a significant challenge to the current regulatory framework. The challenge has been acknowledged by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) in its position paper on virtual currencies issued in 2014.
Law firms sure know how to keep money coming in the door even when demand drops. They just keep raising those rates.
That’s once again the takeaway from Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Legal Specialty Group, in their latest midyear report on the financial health of law firms.
Read more at The Wall Street Journal...
I am pleased to announce that from today our firm will be operating across Africa under one brand name: Bowmans.
Bowmans reflects our ‘one firm’ ethos which is demonstrated in our historical ability to provide seamless advice to our clients across Africa, through a single point of contact. While our offices are extensively integrated, our brand has not reflected this until now.
E-conveyancing provides Australian property lawyers and conveyancers with improved process efficiencies and superior client service. So how do you transact online? Members of Australia's e-conveyancing community can perform transactions online by following these eight simple steps. These include property transfers, mortgages, discharge of mortgages, caveats and financial settlement.
Read more at Lawyers Weekly...
As entertaining and interesting as made-for-TV lawsuits (like the O.J trial) are, they always leave out one key element. The hundreds of hours of research that goes on behind the scenes to prepare for an important trial.
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The sprawling Manhattan apartment had a gorgeous view of Central Park. But two quarter-size cameras with wide-angle pinhole lenses, discreetly hidden behind crown moulding, were not there to photograph foliage. A financial-world heavyweight suspected that his wife was cheating with her office colleague, and he wanted to secure hard evidence.
Read more at The New York Post...
According to reports received from Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) election observers, our preliminary conclusion is that the elections were, on the whole, free and fair. ‘However, we did witness some irregularities which we will be investigating further during the coming week.
We have made a few changes to the website, to further extend our reach with readers and to increase our range of topics.
“The award is a testament to the immense efforts that have gone into developing our world class graduate recruitment programme that is geared at attracting talented candidates, who are driven and ambitious, to join the Webber Wentzel team,” says Thabang Ratau, Graduate Recruitment Manager at Webber Wentzel.
In March 2005, Ms Nkata purchased a property in Durbanville, (the “property”). To do so she obtained mortgage finance from FirstRand Bank Limited, (the “Bank”). A few years later Ms Nkata faced financial difficulties and fell into arrears with her payments.
South Africa and the world are changing and that change is accelerating. Even the oldest and most established professions must stay ahead of that change if they are to survive and flourish. From higher client expectations and cost-consciousness to an increasingly crowded marketplace and disruptive technologies, the legal industry of tomorrow will be very different from that for which many attorneys were trained.
The LSSA would like to invite you to register soon for the 17th SADC Lawyers Association Conference and General Meeting in Cape Town next month. This is only the second time this conference is being held in South Africa; the previous time was in the year 2000.
Far too often, the thought of a librarian is a blurry one. Blotted out by spider webs, dust and those classic fictional scrolls that contain timeless knowledge of middle earth; housed in magnificent architectural wonders.
Like an independent judiciary and an independent legal profession, a free press is a cornerstone of our constitutional democracy.
Baker & McKenzie, is pleased to announce that its Johannesburg office has appointed Gerhard Rudolph and Morné van der Merwe as co-managing partners, and Wildu du Plessis as Africa head, with effect from 1 July 2016.
The Law Society of South Africa urges Government and political parties to take concrete actions to ensure that the climate in the country during the weeks leading to the local government elections on 3 August 2016 is such, that members of the public feel they can cast their votes freely without threats of intimidation and violence.
In 2014, Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, called for the introduction of an electronic court filing system, to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and mitigate against the lost and stolen court documents. The implementation of a digital court filing system would greatly benefit SA’s legal profession by minimising the time and costs associated in filing litigation documents at court.
A new e-conveyancing platform has been launched in Edinburgh ahead of a roll-out across all of Scotland. This system, Atlis, is the first of its kind in Scotland and was developed by Edinburgh Solicitors' Property Centre and BDP Estate Agency Software, with the backing of the Law Society of Scotland, as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for property solicitors.
Read more at EstateAgentToday...
“One of the fundamental ideals set out in the Preamble of the Constitution is the attainment of a society based on social justice. This ideal will remain a pipedream if the dehumanisation, sexist exploitation and suffering of black women and girls under patriarchal tyranny are allowed to continue under the guise of custom, in particular Ukuthwala.”
Eight historically disadvantaged Mthatha legal professionals have been recognised and rewarded with tools to grow their legal practices, while at the same time advancing transformation of the legal sector.
On 6 September 2016 ProBono.Org will host the third annual pro bono awards ceremony at Constitution Hill.
The Conveyancing Association, an official body whose members handle one in five property transactions in Britain, has advised solicitors to stop communicating sensitive information by email. The advice comes on the back of a recent spate of conveyancing fraud cases uncovered by The Telegraph, which has seen some victims robbed of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Read more at Legal Support Network...
Blockchain technology is highly diverse and can be applied in a variety of instances. It is best known as the technology that underpins and facilitates Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. In essence, a blockchain is a computer protocol that enables the storage of assets and facilitates the transfer of those assets.
Global firm Norton Rose Fulbright is relocating 170 operation roles to a global service centre in the Philippines — including a number from the UK. It is the latest international firm to announce a relocation of back office work to cheaper locations.
Read more at The Law Society Gazette...
Over the last few years, unmanned flying machines, variously described as Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or more commonly known as 'drones', have been mainly used in targeted killings, surveillance or gathering intelligence.
Many people are not aware of why we observe occasions such as May Day or Labour Month in South Africa. To the majority of workers, it’s simply another holiday where we get to lounge around the house, binge-watch the latest series or visit friends. So in short – we see it as just another holiday. The truth is that these occasions originate from important historical milestones in the struggle to secure workers’ rights.
The Black Lawyers Association (BLA) is a voluntary association representing the interests of black lawyers in South Africa and the previously disadvantaged individuals.
International trends indicate a growing interest around the development and use of mobile apps to access information and enable businesses to engage more meaningfully with customers. Now increasingly recognised as one of the savviest client engagement tools around, apps offer portability, ease of access and up-to-date content that provides clients with the information and services they need at the tap of a finger.
An Eastern Cape principal faces dismissal after he called a local politician a c**t on Facebook. According to a report by the Sunday Times, Hankey Senior Secondary School principal Godfrey Thorne called Edmund van Vuuren, a member of the provincial legislature, the offending word after the education portfolio committee found that 134 girls at his school got pregnant last year.
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The recent launch of a new Library Management System at the University of Pretoria identifies the significance of up-to-date and relevant technology that serve as a catalyst for our future leaders.